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OT: what does black bear meat taste like?

RRPRRP Posts: 14,651
OK - I admit I watch Discovery channel's Alaska The Last Frontier. Tonight they are hunting black bear and they said how great it tastes...so I have to ask...what does it taste like? For some unknown reason I assume it is greasy...
Ron
Dunlap, IL
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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 1,276
    Greasy and stringy- can use it in a chili without issue but I've never liked it by itself
    Greensboro, NC
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 14,651
    Wolfpack said:
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    Greasy and stringy- can use it in a chili without issue but I've never liked it by itself
    Good greasy like bacon greasy? Or is it strong greasy?
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    Chicken...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 6,452
    Clever VI, very clever. 

    Always had it stewed and Mom used to ladle the grease off, not skim, ladle. I think much depends on where the bear is from, like lobsters (garbage men of the ocean) bears who fatten up on the garbage dumps are even a little more greasy than a "wild" one. Haven't eaten bear in over 30 years, but I doubt it has changed. They look better in a Disney flick than on a plate. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • GlennMGlennM Posts: 358
    Never liked it. Lost friends from feeding it to them. It's greasy like trying to BBQ gasoline! After skinning one you feel like your hands are covered in Vaseline
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  • Nasty-ass stuff in my book. Had it once probably 15 years ago and to this day, SWMBO still brings it up.
    In the  Hinterlands between Cumming and Gainesville, GA
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  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it true that humans generally don't like meat from meat eaters (fish is an exception).  I know black bears eat berries, but don't they eat meat too?  They're like, omnipotent.
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  • gmacgmac Posts: 460
    Ok as long as ALL the fat is removed prior to cooking. Think about old, rancid bacon. But I've had it that was heavily trimmed and was good. I hunt but I have no desire to ever shoot a bear for this reason. But then again, I don't shoot buck deer either because the antlers make very poor soup.
    Mt Elgin Ontario
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  • mimaulermimauler Posts: 119
    To me it tastes like black bear meat.
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  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 853
    edited October 2013
     They're like, omnipotent.
    Yes, the all powerful all knowing bear eats everything.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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  • We have a silent agreement with bears, they don't wonder what we taste like, and we do the same. It's worked so far , leave it alone.

    John - SLC, UT

     Webers, Eggs, Bubba Keg, Smokin-It #3

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  •  They're like, omnipotent.
    Yes, the all powerful all knowing bear eats everything.
    I'm sure he meant omniscient.
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  • I'm quite sure that in most cases, bears eat pretty much anything they darned well please.  Not too many creatures around willing to argue with them.  They still taste like sour owl crap from my experience.  Please do not ask what sour owl crap tastes like, it was a very bad experience in my youth when I looked up agape under a tree in the back yard.  My mom didn't like it in her hair either.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,055
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it true that humans generally don't like meat from meat eaters (fish is an exception).  I know black bears eat berries, but don't they eat meat too?  They're like, omnipotent.

     I saw what you did there

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,624
    seem to recall it was better than a big ole tick covered moose, ours eat berries and nuts, no salmon here. ive seen a bear cubs skinned paw before, it looks just like a small childs hand so dont google that if your squeamish.
    :D
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    I witnessed a black bear crawl in the back seat of a car and tear open a bag of Cheetos... Also redecorated the interior.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,055
    As I remember my uncle used to brine it and then simmer it for a few hours and then drain and rinse and start over with the stew. I liked it.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,055
    Also there is a huge difference in the flavour and fat content of spring bear and fall bear. Spring bear is much less gamey and a lot lower in fat content.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,519
    One of the techs at work eats it all the time and swears by it. Has promised to bring me some but am very reluctant. May give it a try.

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,055
    Trichnosis is still alive and well in bear. It has to be frozen for a week or something before being cooked and needs to be cooked to 160* as I remember

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Unbelievable amounts of grease.  Like, buckets and buckets of grease.  Has to be slow-cooked to be edible.  LS's uncle's method sounds good (brine, simmer, drain, rinse, stew/braise/slow-cook).  That trichinosis warning should be heeded, too:  http://www.epi.alaska.gov/bulletins/docs/b2000_18.htm

    Honestly, in terms of a ratio of effort to deliciousness of result, if you want greasy, slow-cooked meat, you're probably better off just basting a pot roast with herbs suspended in liquid bacon fat.

    [Northern] Virginia is for [meat] lovers.
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,112

     

    henapple said:
    Chicken...

    As usual, you are not even close.  It tastes like Key deer.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

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  • You can eat it but it tastes like S***. A friend of mine owns a meat processing company and shot a black bear a few years ago. Only thing I ate out of it were premade bacon cheese burgers and you would never know that it was bear. Most people that ate it would not know any difference unless were told.
    NW Iowa
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  • GlennMGlennM Posts: 358
    The moose comment is wrong. Moose is fantastic! Cook bear meat on a cedar plank, when it reaches 160 take it off the egg, discard and eat the plank!
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  • You can circumcise the problem by not shooting the bear in the first place.   L-)
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,624
    GlennM said:
    The moose comment is wrong. Moose is fantastic! Cook bear meat on a cedar plank, when it reaches 160 take it off the egg, discard and eat the plank!

    ive had young moose that was great and some older stuff I had to leave the room it was so rank smelling and that was just raw ground moose :))  new England moose now are horrid looking from the ticks, theres so many ticks you really have to feel sorry for them, saw on a while back where the ticks were so intense it looked like the moose was covered in grapes
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  • Here in Iowa both moose and bear are rarely seen, but I wonder if some of the off tastes are due to the animals often being hunted in mating season and males being the prime targets due to size and rack dimensions.  The deer that we have in vast numbers tend to prove this out as the bucks can have pretty odiferous meat when in full rut and the guys that like to hunt for trophy racks/mounts usually can only make them into sausage.  The fellows that hunt for meat try to take a good sized doe for the table.  Another incident is with pigs when a farmer decides to butcher an old boar.  They have such a distinctive flavor you can even taste it in well spiced sausage, and it isn't particularly pleasant.  I cannot imagine what some of the winners of the big boar contest at the Iowa State Fair would taste like.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,624
    Here in Iowa both moose and bear are rarely seen, but I wonder if some of the off tastes are due to the animals often being hunted in mating season and males being the prime targets due to size and rack dimensions.  The deer that we have in vast numbers tend to prove this out as the bucks can have pretty odiferous meat when in full rut and the guys that like to hunt for trophy racks/mounts usually can only make them into sausage.  The fellows that hunt for meat try to take a good sized doe for the table.  Another incident is with pigs when a farmer decides to butcher an old boar.  They have such a distinctive flavor you can even taste it in well spiced sausage, and it isn't particularly pleasant.  I cannot imagine what some of the winners of the big boar contest at the Iowa State Fair would taste like.

    I would believe that's true,and the tick population is out of control up here and I bet that adds to it, the moose are just covered with them and the young are having a hard time even surviving the spring. best deer ive ever eaten was a thirteen pointer, smaller than 100 pounds

    http://tomremington.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/ticksonmoose.jpg

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  • @fishlessman ; Where in Maine?  I have a buddy that lives in Gray.  He used to live in Kittery and worked at the sub yard.  I have motorcycled a fair part of the coast with him.  A beautiful place, but it gets even more snow than Iowa.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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